Brad’s Hearing Loss Story

She came round the corner just in time to watch me vomit on the side of the street. I think that was the moment she internalised what was happening.

For 10 years, I have been an avid listener of storytelling podcasts such as The Moth and Risk!. There is something soothing and therapeutic about listening to the voice of someone telling a true story and in learning about extraordinary things that have happened in their lives. The experiences of others, whether key life events or comical anecdotes, not only have the potential to inspire and shock the audience but can help people overcome difficult times; by finding relatable elements in these personal stories, the listener and the storyteller can share the experience. 

When I learnt that New York-based storyteller, writer and performer, Brad Lawrence, like me has hearing loss in his left ear and also Ménière’s disease (a disorder that affects the inner ear, causing vertigo and hearing loss), I was keen to know more about his story. 

Brad kindly agreed to an interview via Skype where he spoke openly about how hearing loss and Ménière’s disease has impacted on his life. During the conversation, he shared his bright outlook through amusing accounts and also revealed his greatest hearing loss fear.

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